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What are your interests?

Social?

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

About

As an island nation the Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture sector is extremely important to Ireland. All of our goods come in from overseas, often through our ports. Fishing is the bedrock of many coastal communities, with fish farming adding to the employment from sea fishing. Ireland’s waterways are a major tourist attraction, especially for anglers.

Skills

    operating machinery, people management, communication, problem solving, health and safety, physical fitness, maintaining machinery, managing resources, active listening, teamwork, animal care, health and safety, physical fitness, technology, physical labour,

Key Facts

2,050
registered fishing vessels in 2017
666
million worth of seafood exported in 2017
361k
tonnes of wild and farmed seafood caught in 2017
6.70%
growth in Shipping and Maritime Employment between 2014-16

Labour Market Information

The Irish seafood sector employs over 14,600 people and is worth €1.15 billion to the economy. Although a growing sector over the last 7 years, the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union poses many challenges for the seafood sector. Future access to fishing grounds, quota allocation, and regulatory divergence are but some of the issues, unique to seafood, that remain unresolved.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Irish Seafood Industry

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Irish Seafood Industry
Maritime Careers

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Summer Bursary Programme
  • About this Sector 

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Posted by Marine Institute
Maritime Careers
National Fisheries College

  • Maritime Training Programmes
  • QQI Accredited 
  • No CAO Points 
  • Locations in Cork and Donegal

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Career Interview Videos...

Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer

Aileen Deasy - Seafood Technologist
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Aileen Deasy - Seafood Technologist

Triona McGrath - Chemical Oceanographer
Posted by Marine Institute

Triona McGrath - Chemical Oceanographer

Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer
Posted by Marine Institute

Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer

College Course Videos...

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Posted by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Posted by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT